It's Snowing 'Snowman Snow"
In Minnesota, you can count on the weather snowing at least once. Sometimes, the weather is just right, and the snow is sticky, instead of being dry, cold and crusty. When the snow is sticky, is the time to build a snow man.
A snowman, even though the weather is right, isn't always the easiest creature to build. It requires rolling the snow, and patting the snow, and rolling it some more. Then, after the snow is rolled into the size ball you want, the process is repeated twice more.
Now, as you look through my assembly pictures, you will notice that the picture above, is of recently, and we have had snow since I build this. So, there is no evidence of how it was built... just nice little swirls around.
Three Times the Charm
Yes. You need three balls of snow to make a snowman.
The snow needs to be rolled, and patted and rolled and patted, until the ball is round and self sustaining. This process does not work with dry snow.
You begin by finding a patch of snow that is flat, clean and about four inches deep.You first pack a ball of snow with your hands, and then, place it on the ground and start squishing the snowball into the snow. Roll. Roll, lifting the sticky snow up and around on the initial snowball.
Pat it on the snowball. Keep rolling. The ball will get bigger and bigger. When the ball is about knee or thigh high to yourself, stop. Start another ball. Make this ball up to your knee cap. Lift this second ball onto the top of the first ball. Gently. Then, pat a little snow between the two balls for glue.
Then, roll your third ball and place it on top of the first two joined balls. Then, at this point, you can find some small branches and stick them into the sides of the middle ball. For arms. If you can find some rocks for eyes, and here's where the infamous carrot comes in, you can poke a nose in.